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Ferry suffered storm damage and water ingress
On Jan 12, 2017, the "Romantika" en route from Stockholm, where she had sailed at 9.15 p.m., to Riga, ETA JAn 12, 10 a.m., encountered trouble around 3.40 a.m. when a radar antenna was damaged and flew away, causing damage to a window in the Tango Bar in the bow of the ship. As a result the ferry started taking in water in the stormy seas. Some water leaked into the passenger areas on deck five. The ship had 277 passengers and 178 crew members on board. It reached the port of Riga safely on Jan 12 at 7.45 p.m. She left Riga again at 11.30 p.m. on the return trip to Stockholm, ETA Jan 13, 6 p.m. The affected passengers immediately had got new cabins after the accident. The water ingress also did not affect the safety on board. Tallink will investigate the incident and reposition the front radar construction on its vessels to avoid a similar situation in the future.
Tallink reroutes cruise ferry Romantika
The cruise ferry Romantika, which will sail on Riga-Stockholm route next to cruise ferry Isabelle, will be also docked in the beginning of next year. The docking works include the construction of the Fast Lane restaurant on board and replacing the current Seaside bar and Fastfood area with a larger children` play area. The show bar and buffet restaurant will be refreshed as well.
Tallink to reroute Romantika to Riga-Stockholm route in December
AS Tallink Grupp says it is going to carry out rerouting of cruise ferries on 2 routes, placing Baltic Queen from Tallinn-Helsinki to Tallinn-Stockholm route and Romantika to Riga-Stockholm route. Tallinn-Helsinki cruise service will be operated by the upgraded Silja Europa. According to Mr Margus Hunt, the Sales and Marketing Director of AS Tallink Grupp, the company has started to plan the major rerouting of two vessels and upgrading the service quality of 3 routes at the same time. „We would like to bring new and positive vibes to all our markets – changing and upgrading vessels usually creates a new wave of interest and excitement“, added Hunt. Silja Europa has left Tallinn-Helsinki route for additional renewals of the passenger areas and should return on 12th of December according to the initial plans. At the same time, the cruise ferry Baltic Queen will replace Romantika on Tallinn-Stockholm route on 13th of December. Romantika is planned to be rerouted to Riga-Stockholm route on 12th of December, increasing the capacity of the route significantly. The time schedules of all routes will remain the same. The flag of Romantika will be changed to from Estonian to Latvian in upcoming months and Silja Europa and Baltic Queen will stay under Estonian flag.News schreiben